Starting March, 2019
Exact time and dates TBD
PHASE 1: Inclusive gardening working with high school students growing produce at the old Harry’s Farmers Market green houses, now owned by Alpharetta Recreation, Parks and Culture. The produce will be served in the school cafeterias. The Special Needs programs in the same high schools will be the source for the Miracle League “Green Thumbers”.
PHASE 2: The Miracle League will use additional green house space to propagate Milkweed plants for sale in the Farmers Market. Milkweed has numerous varieties and each and every one is beautiful in its own right and is the favorite food source for the butterflies, honey bees and hummingbird populations.
PHASE 3: We will also be building, planting and tending butterfly gardens (Milkweed) in area parks and designated spaces in the community and surrounding areas. We will be collaborating with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, The Chattahoochee Nature Center and national organizations sharing the same mission, the restoration and conservation of specific butterfly. bee and bird populations. The food chain for those species is being decimated by modern farming methods, herbicides and pesticides, destroying the pollinators that are such an important link in the human food chain.
PHASE4: This winter we will build, decorate and place various types of bird houses and nesting structures in time for the spring nesting season. The building, painting and decorating will be an inclusive project that includes Miracle League participants, area craftsmen and artists and will take place at the Alpharetta Cultural Center.
PHASE 5: Our plants and birdhouses will also be for sale at the Alpharetta Farmers Market. With each sale of a plant, or birdhouse, the buyer will get a flyer outlining our conservation program and a free variety pack of milkweed seeds, thus taking the “Growing Together” concept out into the neighborhoods.
WHEN IS THE LAST TIME YOU SAW A MONARCH?
90% OF THE POPULATION HAS BEEN LOST IN THE LAST 20 YEARS. EVERY YEAR THEY MIGRATE FROM SOUTHERN CANADA TO VALLEYS IN MEXICO, MAKING NUMEROUS STOPS ALONG THE WAY.IT TAKES SEVERAL GENERATIONS TO COMPLETE THE TRIP. OVER AND OVER AGAIN, EGG TO BUTTERFLY, EGG TO BUTTERFLY, PASSING THRU OUR SUMMER DAYS.A NATURAL WONDER WORTH PRESERVING.